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Protector – Reanimated Homunculus

Label: High Roller Records
Format: CD download
Released: 2013
Reviewed By: Rich Catino
Rating: 7.5/ 10


Germany’s Protector (who released their first album in 1989), now reactivated, join the current wave of black/death thrash metal with names like Skeletonwitch where I hear obvious similarities to in the opener ‘Sons Of Kain’, Satan’s Wrath, Witchery, and Toxic Holocaust. Elsewhere, old 80s Destruction riffing and arrangement layout adds bouncy prog changes to ‘Holiday In Hell’, good stuff. A straight forward pacing keeps a consistent flow to ‘Birth Of A Nation’ allowing the wicked vocal to have more space. ‘Lycopolis’ chugs along with a more contemporary extreme metal urgency and death vocal grunts. Melodic solo section was a smart inclusion to ‘Road Rage’ and adds dynamics, breaks up the harshness and aggression. A slower ‘Antiman’ is Sodomesque and the beginning verse groove in ‘The End’ is very Tankard, then switches to a more Morbid Angel death metal approach, then back to the Tankers.

 

Not bad, reminiscent of their fellow peers.

 
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